Lady Spikers

Published on February 25th, 2018 | by Karsten Villarin


DLSU Lady Spikers succumb to AdU Lady Falcons


The De La Salle University Lady Spikers bowed to the Adamson University Soaring Lady Falcons in four thrilling sets, 18-25, 25-15, 19-25, 22-25, in the first round of the UAAP Season 80 Women’s Volleyball Tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre, Saturday.

The Lady Spikers started cold due to consecutive errors, but not until team captain, Majoy Baron got the first point for the Lady Spikers, 1-4. Meanwhile, Desiree Cheng helped out with back-to-back aces, trimming Adamson’s lead down to two, 4-6. However, the Lady Falcons remained furious as hits from Mylene Paat and Mary Joy Dacoron sent the game to its first technical timeout with the Lady Spikers trailing, 4-8. Aduke Ogunsaya stopped the bleeding with a quick hit, followed by an ace from Kim Dy. Adamson continued to score points as La Salle went down with errors, heading into the second technical timeout. The Lady Spikers tried to catch up as Tin Tiamzon got in full rotation, blocking former Lady Spiker, Eli Soyud. Dy scored a quick, but kills from the Lady Falcons were too much to handle. Tiamzon committed a service error as La Salle dropped the opening set, 18-25.

The Green and White bounced back in the second set. A cross-court hit from Arianne Layug gave La Salle the lead, followed by an offensive gift from Ogunsaya, 5-3. Adamson tried to close in with an ace from Soyud, but the Lady Falcons gave away points from errors, just enough for La Salle to take a good distance. Dy, then, ended the set with a service ace to give La Salle a 25-15 win in the second set.

La Salle jumped off to a 3-0 lead in the third set. Soyud rattled the Lady Spikers with a hard down-the-line kill, 6-4. Adamson remained close until Jema Galanza gave the first lead of Adamson in the set, 8-7. Michelle Cobb found a hole in the middle to tie it up at 9-all. Dy widened the lead to 16-11 with another crosscourt hit. However, the Lady Falcons forced Lady Spikers to multiple errors, erasing the latter’s lead, and eventually overtaking, 17-18. Adamson continued with consecutive kills and nailed down La Salle at 19, taking the set, 25-19.

Both teams had another neck-and-neck start in the fourth set of the game.  May Luna scored a down-the-line, giving La Salle a three-point lead, 8-5. Paat, then, went furious with six straight points, converting a 9-6 deficit to a commanding 10-17 cushion. Tiamzon scored with a kill as La Salle stayed within shouting distance, 14-18. But, consecutive hits from Chiara Permentilla got the Lady Falcons to match point, 24-19. La Salle tried to close in with an ace from Ogunsaya, followed by a kill from Cheng, 22-24, but Adamson’s momentum was too much for La Salle as the latter dropped the set, 22-25.

The DLSU Lady Spikers will try to bounce back as they renew their rivalry with the Ateneo Lady Eagles on Saturday, 4 PM at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.'

Karsten Villarin

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